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Roll over

Commit your works to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. – Proverbs 16:3

1 Peter 5:5-7

 5 Serve each other in humility, for “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.”

 6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time, he will lift you up in honor.

 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

In Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan passed the ball to Steve Kerr rather than taking the winning shot himself. Kerr scored the final basket, and the Bulls’ won their second straight title.

There are times in life when we could do it ourselves, yet often it is better to let someone else do it. The person we choose to trust must be available and capable of handling the responsibility and carrying it out.

The Father has placed Himself in the position of final arbitrator and decision-maker. Who can develop a better plan than the Father? Certainly not us. He encourages us to entrust ourselves to Him.

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.

The sense of this proverb is straightforward. We make plans, but the Father has the final say! Eugene Peterson captures this lot with his translation, “Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.” Our plans succeed when we depend on the Father.

Psalms 37:5 Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.

The Hebrew word translated as commit is galal. Galal literally means to roll, roll away, to transfer what is rolled away from oneself to another. The sense of the Hebrew word, galal became trust, confide in, or rely on. That is, to dedicate or trust a specific person, activity, or cause.

“The figure of rolling, as in rolling one’s burdens onto the Lord, is found also in Psalms 22:8; 37:5; and 55:22. It portrays complete dependence on God. This would be accomplished with a spirit of humility . . .” (Ross).

We move the burden from our shoulders and lay it on the Father (Leupold). When we roll over, we release the right to make the final decision to Him. We entrust our activities, plans, and very destiny to the Father.

This is not passive resignation but rather a deliberate redirection by making a choice. He takes over jurisdiction, and He shoulders the responsibility. He becomes the executor, much like the executor of a last will and testament. But rather than overseeing our deaths, He takes care of our lives.

He will act on our behalf and bring it to pass (KJV). He now has jurisdiction and binding decision-making power. The Father becomes the final arbitrator.

The Father considers all the permutations and selects the best viable plan. The Father always chooses the best possible option. The Father’s plans are better than anything we could come up with.

When we release the right to make the final decision to Him, we can rest assured it is safe in the Father’s hands. His decisions are objective and far superior. There are no hidden agendas or biases.


Many of us have spent much of our lives pursuing our own way and not really considering the Father. Or perhaps worse, writing up an imaginary contractual relationship between ourselves and the Father regarding our expectations. We sign our name to the contract, but we forge His. When things do not go our way, we can get outraged, blame Him, and part company.

Father I choose to entrust my plans, hopes, dreams, and desires into Your safe hands.


We are instructed to roll our works on the Lord and let Him take the shot. The term works is plural and refers to actions, deeds, or undertakings. The sense here is, “Trust everything you do to the Lord.”

Each child of the King has a personal promise concerning the outcome. Our plans will be established, that is, turn out well. When we pass our dreams and plans over to Him, His plans become our plans.

The Hebrew term translated as established is kun. Kun means firm or firmly established. Hence, it has the sense of sure, steadfast, permanent, and lasting.

Occasionally when trying to do the Father’s work and follow His instructions, we find ourselves disturbed and depressed. Whenever we find ourselves in this state, we should stop at once and ask ourselves, “Whose work is it?” If it is the Father’s work and plan, it is His responsibility. We not only trust Him for the plan but also for the plan’s completion.

We roll over not merely our present fretfulness but all our cares. We cast away our anxiety. We surrender and resign ourselves to the Father’s choices for us. He has provided an excellent alternative for removing present and future concerns! How blessed are those who live every day in obedience to this precept! Our destiny will be joyfully accomplished if we confidently entrust all to our Lord (Spurgeon).

Many of us remember Allstate Insurance’s slogan and logo, “You are in Good Hands with Allstate®. The Good Hands® logo and slogan “You’re in good hands®” have been hallmarks of Allstate’s advertising since 1950. After more than 70 years, Good Hands continue to represent Allstate’s image of quality protection. In 2020, Allstate refreshed the look and feel of its advertising and website. However, Good Hands remain the hallmark of the Allstate brand. The Good Hands logo and slogan have taken on a life of their own and are timeless.

When we roll over our concerns to the Father, we can rest assured we are His Good Hands. When we roll over our plans and aspirations to the Father, “[We] find Him ever ready to take charge of them all and to carry them on to a proper completion and establishment. But it must be borne in mind that if I thus commit all to Him, I no longer choose for myself as to what the outcome should be, but say with confidence, ‘Thy will be done’” (Ironside).

The Father offers us an alternative lifestyle of faith and dependence upon Him. We make ourselves aware of His character and promises. And then we decide simply to trust Him and believe that He will indeed keep His promises.

How do we commit our works to the Lord? Not merely by asking Him to bless what we have already done, but by committing ourselves and our plans to Him before, during, and after we have done our work (Stanley).

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© Dr. H 2022

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